Top 30: Albums for a Dinner Party #1

(We put this together in November of 2004. While we still like it, we're putting a new one together this weekend. If you have any suggestions, add them in the comment string below & tune in Monday.)

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Before: take their minds off the day...

  • Chris Joss: You've Been Spiked
  • Norah Jones: Feels Like Home
  • Perez Prado: Havana 3am
  • Maxwell: Urban Hang Suite
  • Esquivel: Latin-esque or Caberet Manana
  • Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass: Definitive Hits
  • Louis Jordan: Anthology
  • Dean Martin: Greatest Hits
  • Everything But the Girl: Walking Wounded
  • Steve Miller Band: The Joker
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    During: settle their stomachs...

  • Chris Connor: Sings Gershwin
  • Miles Davis: Kinda Blue
  • Dave Brubeck: Take Five
  • Bebel Gilberto: Tanto Tempo
  • John Coltrane: Ballads
  • Sufjan Stevens: Seven Swans
  • Chet Baker Sings
  • Spain: Blue Moods of Spain
  • Keith Jarrett: The Melody at Night, With You
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    After: move their feet...

  • Groove Armada: Best Of
  • Maceo Parker: Life on Planet Groove
  • Prince: Hits and the B-Sides
  • Beck: Midnight Vultures
  • Snoop Dogg: Doggy Style
  • The Flaming Lips: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
  • US 3: Hand on the Torch
  • The Shins: Oh, Inverted World
  • Zero 7: Simple Things
  • George Michael: The Best of

    Send them to bed...

  • Sade: Lover's Rock
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    Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.